Used as a universal season enhancer in cooking, salt is a mineral substance that is mainly made up of sodium chloride. In cooking there a several kinds of salt, some which are considered healthier than others.
The most common type, and found in most saltshakers, is table salt that can often contain additives such as iodine, an essential nutrient, as well as anticaking agent. There is also sea salt made from evaporated seawater. The most expensive type is known as Fleur de sel (“flower of salt” in French) because it is hand harvested by workers who scrape the top layer of salt ponds before the salt sinks to the bottom. Other salts that are considered more pure and healthier are pink salt and black salt.
Three dish ideas for salt:
- Salt and pepper squid
- Salted caramel ice cream